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Competition Rules

Rules common to all three competitions

• Competitors may submit any number of entries
• The fee for each separate entry is £5
• Entries must be the exclusive work of the author
• They must be typed in English, not have been published before and not currently entered in any other   competition
• Entries submitted on-line must be scanned to ensure that they are free from computer viruses
• Type your entry 1.5 or double-spaced text
• If possible put the title and page number on each page
• Entries which exceed the stated length will be disqualified
• No single piece of work may win more than one prize
• No correspondence can be entered into
• The judges' decisions are final

Deadline for entries

The deadline for entries is midnight on

30th June 2016

Rules: specific to the POETRY competition

They may be on any subject. They must not exceed 40 lines in length.

Rules: specific to the SHORT STORY competition

Stories may be on any subject and should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. The first page of your story should include the title and word count.

Rules: specific to the STORY FOR CHILDREN

They may be on any subject but be suitable for the age range 10-16 
We require the first three chapters or 30 pages (whichever is the shortest) plus a synopsis of no more than two sides.


How to enter on-line

Available after 1st April 2016


How to enter by post

Click the icon to download an entry form


Printed entries must be on A4 size paper and accompanied by the entry form and payment
To ensure anonymity, please don’t put your name or address on the poem or on either of the stories
Payment in sterling (cheques or postal orders payable to Wells Festival of Literature)
Include a stamped self-addressed envelope or post card if you would like a receipt and keep a copy of your work
Send your entry to WFL Competitions, 2, Knapp Hill House, Wells Somerset BA5 3HT.

Shortlisting, judging, prize-giving, reading of shortlisted poems

Prizes for all three categories (poems, short stories and Children’s Story) will be presented on Sunday 16th October and all shortlisted participants will be notified in advance.

Before the prize giving, short listed poets are invited to read their successful entries in a poetry reading celebration.
All are welcome to this culmination of the competitions and the occasion offers poets and members of the public the opportunity to meet and enjoy each other’s achievements.

All short listed poems will be included in the admission ticket/ programme which will be available from mid-September. Please note, the Poetry Society advises us that a poem’s appearance within the entry ticket does not constitute ‘publication’.

Following the poetry readings, the prizes will be awarded for all three categories and a list of the successful authors/ poets together with the titles of their works will be posted on the Wells Festival of Literature website immediately after the conclusion of the Festival. Included also will be all the poems from the short list.
Full details will be published in the brochure

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